Andre Villas-Boas
Villas-Boas has long been a fan of Hulk, spanning from his days at Porto. REUTERS

New Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas will attempt to motivate his players by forcing them through a DVD of Manchester United's title celebrations last season, thereby instilling a feeling of revenge in their minds.

The 33-year-old had used the same tactic to great effect after taking over at FC Porto last season, where he showed the players a video of arch-rivals Benefica's title celebrations of the previous season. By the end of the season, Porto had done the treble, winning the Portuguese league, cup and the Europa League.

However, Villas-Boas was realistic in stating that the tactic may not work, while importance will be placed on the job done by his technical staff as well.

He said, I cannot be so arrogant as to think that all the things I've used to motivate my players were the things that made them tick.

We just need, as technical staff, to make the right moves. Maybe, though, that is a United photo or video, to show us how they've been successful.

United are a reference point for us. That is pretty clear. They are a big, successful club, as this club was when Jose, Carlo and Guus were here, and (they are) the challenge we face next season.

If we are going to provoke them in that way, that's for our technical staff to decide. Most of them might think it's rubbish and let's just play. That's the key.

It's not us shouting from the technical area that decides the success. Let's free them on their decision-making and see how they respond to motivation and ambition. We are people who like to focus a lot of motivation and ambition.